Mahe Drysdale added to world champs squad

Last updated 12:09 26/07/2013
Fairfax NZ

Mahe Drysdale has returned from his six-month sabbatical and secured a spot in the New Zealand team for the World Championships.

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Double Olympic medallist and five-time single scull world champion Mahe Drysdale has been added to the New Zealand rowing team for the world championships.

Drysdale completed a time trial today at Lake Karapiro, which was enough for the selectors - Richard Tonks, Barrie Mabbott and Conrad Robertson - to include him in the squad.

Drysdale said he was relatively pleased with how his trial went and even more excited to be competing at the world champs held in Chungju, South Korea from August 25-September 1. 

"There was no certainty I was going to make it back so to actually do that is great, Drysdale said. 

"But this is obviously only a very small step, I've still got to improve and hopefully be competitive at the world champs and keep working hard to hopefully be out in front by the end of next year."  

Despite the conditions the five-time single scull world champion believed it was a reasonable race but will hoping to start building towards the world champs.

"I had a pretty good race, obviously I want more speed but it's starting to get more consistent," Drysdale said.

"To be able to go out there on a day that I was told to perform and have a fairly solid race is a big boost because obviously that's exactly what I've got to do at world champs in four weeks time."

Rowing New Zealand's high performance manager Alan Cotter supported the decision.

''It is great to have Mahe back in the team - he is a real leader and a well respected senior member of our squad.

''Mahe has been training hard and has been very focused on his return to rowing. He has earned his spot back in the New Zealand rowing team."

Drysdale and the New Zealand team depart for South Korea on August 11. The world championships are being held in Chungju, South Korea from August 25-September 1.

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